Biography of Vincent Van Gogh What drove Vincent Van Gogh, born March 30,1853, to his mental illness and suicide? Could it have been the many things he tried, but failed at in his life? He failed in many different careers, in love, and even his artwork. Van Gogh sold only one painting his entire life. Because of his mental illness, he was considered a crazy person.
His many disorders eventually got the better of him and he was admitted to the St. Remy mental institution where he did the much of his art. After his release in May of 1890, van Gogh fell into deep depression and eventually committed suicide in July of that year. In my opinion van Gogh’s importance was shown through his different use of color that was looked down upon by the critics of the time but led to a new style of Post-Impressionism at the end of the Impressionistic era. Also, his large amounts of paintings, over 2,100, portray a large amount of subjects which virtually anyone can relate to. Finally, his importance is verified in the sheer price of his paintings, the most expensive, Portrait of Dr. Gatchet, was sold for 82 million dollars.
On July 27, 1890 Vincent killed himself with a gunshot to the chest and then six months later Theo died of lung disease. (Encyclopedia of Arts) Van Gogh is considered one of the most powerful Expressionist. His paintings sell for millions of dollars today even though he only sold one during his lifetime. (Voyager) WORK CITED "Vincent Van Gogh." Mark Harden's Artchive http://www.artchive.com/artchive/ftptoc/vangogh/vangogh_bio.html (7 April 99) "Van Gogh: Starry Night."
“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream” said Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh was a famous Dutch post-impressionist painter whose thick brush strokes, color, emotion, and a way to escape from life was what he was best known for in his paintings. He was not a wealthy man because he was only able to sell one painting in his whole lifetime. Later in his adult life, he suffered from anxiety and had bursts of mental illness, which would cause him to be in and out of psychiatric wards and resulted in lengthy pauses in his ability to create beautiful paintings. The last two years of his life, he created the most amazing artwork in his career, even though he was interned.
Although he is hugely successful today, Van Gogh had little to no fame in his lifetime and he struggled immensely with his mental state of mind for many years. Ultimately his mental illness (some believe there were more than one) lead to his untimely death, but his turbulent state of mind also helped him to create magnificent images that are revered as some of the greatest pieces of art of today. It is important to keep in mind that Van Gogh was born exactly one year after his brother, also named Vincent, was stillborn (“Vincent Willem”). This odd situation most certainly led to some of Van Gogh’s mishaps later in his life. Also, Van Gogh’s own mother was an artist, yet she never encouraged art in her children, nor did her or her husband support Van Gogh when he decided to study and practice creative thinking (“Vincent Willem”).
“The life of an artist is a gamble, what a gamble, it’s all or nothing.” As for post-impressionist and Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, nothing is what was received. Out of the nine-hundred paintings produced within ten years, only one was sold. Van Gogh was often ridiculed by other artists about his work and he had very few friends. One of his closest friends was his younger brother Theodorus “Theo” van Gogh. Vincent would often write to Theo and on various occasions he would write about the hardships of life, including the ways in which he was treated.
On July 27, 1890, van Gogh woke up to paint in a wheat field as he usually did, but this time shot himself in the chest though the bullet did not kill him. He was later found in his room bleeding out. Two days later, on July 27, Vincent van Gogh died in the arms of his brother, His last words being, “La tristesse durera toujours" which translates to, “The sadness will last forever” His brother, who was already suffering from syphilis, died six months later from the grief of losing his
VINCENT VAN GOGH: Born in Netherlands in 1853, Vincent van Gogh, the son of a Dutch minister, did not start painting until the age of 27. Suffering from psychological issues his entire life, Van Gogh would eventually take his life seeing the world largely unmoved by his artistic efforts, selling only one painting during his existence as a painter. Today, Van Gogh has become one of the most renowned artists in the history of art. He is both famous and infamous for his evocative brand of painting, a style dependent heavily on the emotional state and impressionistic view of the painter. Why has this style captivated art critics and enthusiasts worldwide?
“I want to paint what I feel, and feel what I paint”-Vincent Willem Van Gogh. He grew up in a religious and cultured environment, being raised by a pastor and was highly emotional and lacked self-confidence. His mother was an artist whose love of drawing and watercolors were transferred to her son. Van Gogh was born on the exact same date that his brother, also named Vincent, died. At a young age, his name and birthdate were already etched on his dead brother's headstone, and might explain for his emotional state.
Vincent van Gogh was born with his name and birthday already etched onto a tombstone. No wonder Vincent Van Gogh had so many mental illnesses and problems he probably thought his life was destined for doom. To add to that his life didn’t have that many positives and even though people all over the world love his work he only sold one in his lifetime. In my opinion the best art is the one that makes you feel something and Vincent Van Gogh’s work can make me happy, sad or just plain peaceful. Vincent Van Gogh conveys so much color and emotion in his work that makes you wish you saw the world in the way that he did.